In response to today’s adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2235 on the establishment of a Joint Investigative Mission into the Use of Chlorine Bombs in Syria, the Special Representative of the Syrian National Coalition to the UN, Dr. Najib Ghadbian, said:
“The Syrian people hope that today's resolution will bring us one step closer to justice and accountability for chemical weapons use. If implemented in full and enforced, resolution 2235 will send an important signal to the Syrian regime that its continuous, systematic use of chemical weapons will not go unaccounted for.
“The Syrian National Coalition and our forces on the ground, the Free Syrian Army, stand ready to assist the Joint Investigative Mission in its efforts to attribute responsibility for chlorine gas use. We urge the Security Council to move with urgency to enforce this resolution, including through the application of Chapter VII measures as required by UN Security Council resolution 2118. Further, we urge the Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court.
“As the Security Council works to determine responsibility for chlorine gas attacks, we urge its members to take the actions needed to deter future chemical weapons use. The establishment of safe zones protected by a no-fly zone is the best and most effective means to do so, given that Syrian regime helicopters are the principal delivery mechanism for chlorine gas, as has already been confirmed by the OPCW fact-finding mission. Sadly, the determination of responsibility alone will not stop Assad’s deadly barrel bombs. To save lives in Syria, Member States must take the measures needed to stop Assad’s helicopters.”